Hi Phil,Visionman, this article and the accompanying video are designed to explain in a completely unbiased way, what the new system is, how it works and what it offers end users.
I have youview from talktalk and I am very interested in moving from what is basically one very similar platform to another (when freeviewplay clean up that rough looking UI and bugs that is).
Mostly this is due to the cheap hardware talktalk supply making youview run like a dog and no progam padding options (also the extra tuners are nice). Was going to get a different youview box but the humax model freeview play (or actually any make with similar spec) is now a prefered option.
Youview, freeview - dont care and dont understand any kind of brand loyality to tv delivery systems, I just want something with the most useful features (to me) , goodlooking UI and speed to watch and record some TV. Which is looking to be Play - in maybe a few months further bug fix time of course. I see nothing coming from youview to compete with this, they seems happy to stay as they are in 2012 and hence is no use to me going forward
The UI is very intuitive on the Panasonic TVs and easy to navigate.Apparently the UI is quite different on Panasonic TV's so I imagine the Panasonic Freeview Play pvr will have the same look.
Not sure what features compared to the Humax box it will have, but it's known to only have two tuners.
Hopefully Mark will be able to review one.
I cannot comment on Humax or any other. The Panasonic TVs with Firefox OS have the EPG per channel and days of the week. There is a small picture of the program, title and channel with a small description. Date and time duration. With some extra information. The info button will bring detail information of the program in a different screen. The channel button of the remote will change to the next channel information.Does it have an EPG info button for the listings? As users have said the info button on the Humax isn't straightforward.
That is what Mark's article says in his first two paragraphs. As the article says, it depends of the region. I can see BB1-4, ITV, Channel 4, More 4, etc. However I cannot see ITV & C4 in HD.Not Sure what Hype about Freeview Play is all about, on the Panasonic TV there is no difference from normal TV guide, just can scroll back to catch-up content in guide, Only showing BBC Content, No ITV or C4, Pretty Lame to be honest and overhyped, what is all the fuss?
What sort of service were you expecting Freeview Play to be?
The new Humax boxes are more feature laden than the Youview boxes as Mark describes in his review - 3 tuners, networking capability, archiving recordings, etc. For many people these will make the FV Play boxes a better proposition, but as always its horses for courses.
I have not seen any of the adds. I have heard of freview play but I was not very bother about it. My Tivo has some similar service so I so no reason to change what I am already familiar with.This was hyped a lot on youtube and by Panasonic, I thought it would bring a better EPG and all the catchup services like youview, but it does not. The Panasonic Layout is pretty bad, in London and not all catch-up content shown, also you have to go forward then back to switch to another catch up channels epg, pretty lame. Not sure why Panasonic made us wait this long, for a pretty lame and poorly thought out service.
Yes, the service does work without aerial connection. You will need Internet for sure. At least on the Panasonic TVs. Somebody with a different device might try it and give you an answer as well.Daft question but would this work without an ariel just for catch up TV?
It should do it with any supported channel. I think that it is region related. I can only think the this will become a more general feature and the number of channel will increase.Does Freeview Play (as incorporated in Panasonic tvs) provide HD versions of the main channels when you 'wind back' over the previous week. When it was demonstrated to me it appeared to be SD.
Does Freeview Play (as incorporated in Panasonic tvs) provide HD versions of the main channels when you 'wind back' over the previous week. When it was demonstrated to me it appeared to be SD.